Wedding Photography at Derby Cathedral

Derby Cathedral

Derby Cathedral is one of the oldest buildings in Derby City Centre and is a beautiful grade 1 listed space, sure to add a touch of drama and old fashioned style to your ceremony and photos.

As a Church of England Cathedral, a wedding here comes with all the tradition and solemnity you’d expect from a religious service, but also with plenty of grandeur and warmth.

The photos below offer a good representation of what can be achieved photographically during a wedding at the Cathedral. The Dean, who conducted this service, asked me to stay at the back throughout, though I did manage to talk him into letting me down the side aisles for a different view. I was also permitted to be at the front for the bride’s entrance and whilst guests arrived. A big old zoom lens allowed me to still get some closer shots.

Following the service, we took some group shots outside and then were permitted back inside to take some portraits, which rewarded us with some stunning backdrops.

Derby Cathedral is in the heart of Derby’s Cathedral Quarter which has charming pedestrianised roads, with boutique shops and restaurants, and bags of character. A walk down Iron Gate and Sadlergate is a great way to get some more natural, candid shots of the two of you after the ceremony. And with Cathedral Green, the River Derwent and Derby’s historic mill buildings nearby, there’s plenty of options for photos.

You can find out more about getting married at Derby Cathedral by visiting their website here.

If you’re getting married at Derby Cathedral, why not drop me a line to see if I might be a suitable match for your wedding photography.

Wedding photographer Emma Duder sits on the steps near the cathedral in her home town of Derby holding her camera


Emma Duder

Emma Duder has been photographing weddings in the Derbyshire, Peak District and wider Midlands area since 2016. She lives in Derby with her tolerant husband, wilful daughter and senile cat. In addition to photographing weddings and families, she also gets a kick out of photographing local theatre and is a photography instructor with Derby Photography Group.